What Language Do They Speak in Bali?

Are you planning to visit Bali in the near future and wondering what language is spoken there? In this blog post, we will discuss the languages spoken in Bali, also known as the Paradise.

Bali is a popular holiday destination, so many people in Bali have learned to speak foreign languages such as English, French, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. Many travel agents offer professional tour guides who are proficient in different foreign languages. English is the most widely spoken foreign language in Bali, so if you speak English, you should have no trouble communicating with most people in Bali.

Indonesian Languange

Bahasa Indonesia is the national language of Indonesia, which is widely spoken throughout the country, including in Bali. Its simplicity and popularity make it the most commonly spoken local language in Bali. 

Balinese and Indonesians appreciate it when foreigners attempt to speak their language, even if it is only basic phrases. Here are some basic phrases you can try when you are in Indonesia.

IndonesianEnglish Translation
Apa kabar?How are you?
Baik-baikI am fine
Selamat pagiGood morning
Selamat siangGood (early) afternoon
Selamat soreGood (late) afternoon
Selamat malamGood evening
Terima kasih/MakasihThank you
Sama-samaYou’re welcome
Nama saya JohnMy name is John
Saya dari AustraliI am from Australia
Saya tinggal di CangguI live in Canggu
Berapa harganya?How much is the price?
Bisa kurang?Can you lower the price?
Saya tidak punya uangI don’t have money

Balinese Language

The Balinese language, also known as Bali language, is widely spoken in the province of Bali. It is primarily used by Balinese people to communicate with each other in daily conversations and in formal situations that involve Balinese traditions, such as traditional weddings, village meetings, and temple ceremonies. You may see Bahasa Bali on road signs with Indonesian translations, and you may also hear it in announcements at Bali's I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport.

There are three levels of Bahasa Bali: halus (high), madya (middle), and kepara (low). Halus Balinese is used to speak to people of higher social status or on special occasions such as weddings and temple ceremonies. Madya is typically used for speaking to strangers, parents, or teachers. Kepara is used in daily conversations with friends. Not all vocabulary has all three levels. For example, the expression "how are you?" can be translated as "punapi gatra?" for both halus and madya, and "kenken kabare" for kepara.

Do you want to impress Balinese people with some phrases in Bahasa Bali? Here are some important phrases you can try when you are in Bali. These phrases are in madya or halus Balinese. Generally, Balinese people are very tolerant of foreigners speaking less formal Balinese, but as a Balinese person, I am more impressed when I hear halus or madya Balinese spoken by foreigners.

Bahasa BaliEnglish Translation
Punapi gatra?How are you?
Becik-becikI am fine
Rahajeng semengGood morning
Rahajeng siangGood (early) afternoon
Rahajeng soreGood (late) afternoon
Rahajeng wengiGood evening
(Matur) suksmaThank you
Suksma mewaliYou’re welcome
Wastan tiang JohnMy name is John
Tiang saking AustraliI am from Australia
Tiang meneng ring CangguI live in Canggu
Aji kude niki?  How much is the price?
Dados kirang?Can you lower the price?
Tiang ten medue jinahI don’t have money

Other Local Languages in Indonesia 

As one of the wealthiest provinces in Indonesia, Bali has many people who have migrated from other parts of the country. They bring their cultures and languages with them. Some common local languages that can be heard in Bali include Javanese, Sasak (from the neighboring island of Lombok), Sundanese, and Maduranese.

It is clear that there are several languages spoken in Bali. The national language of Indonesia, Bahasa Indonesia, is widely spoken in Bali, as is the local language, Bahasa Bali. There are also many foreign languages spoken in Bali due to its popularity as a tourist destination, with English being the most common. Additionally, there are several other local languages spoken in Bali by people who have migrated from other parts of Indonesia, such as Javanese, Sasak, Sundanese, and Maduranese.

Bali is linguistically diverse, with Indonesian, the official language of Indonesia, and Bahasa Bali, the local language of the province of Bali, being the most common languages. Due to its tourism industry, many Balinese people have learned other foreign languages such as English, French, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean in order to communicate with and guide tourists from those countries. 

- jembatanbahasa.com

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